Data Journalism resources

General global resource 🙂

Maybe you’ve already heard us at the European Journalism Centre talk about it. But now it’s real. After 10 years of supporting journalists in learning data skills, we’re proud to present our brand new space:! is a training centre, a community, and an industry-focused publication. It brings together the Data Journalism Handbooks and our video courses, as well as cool new areas for community discussion and Long Reads written by the field’s top experts. The project is supported by the Google News Initiative.

It’s free to join, and all members receive a goodie bag full with promotions and discounts. This bag includes access to security app 1Password, scraping made easier with DIFFBOT, email providers ProtonMail & FastMail, off-shore hosting on FLOKINET, mind mapping tool MindMeister, beautiful charts with Piktochart, surveys on Survs, web hosting with SiteGround, and writing with ProWritingAid.


Webinar: Access to Justice for the Right to Housing, Namati, Tuesday 23 April 5pm

Tue, Apr 23, 2019 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EAT (Kenya time)
Free webinar

An estimated 1.8 billion people lack adequate housing. Homelessness and forced evictions are on the rise in virtually every country, while sanitation and access to basic services remain dire. 

In her recent report, Leilani Farha, the Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, recognized that “the global housing crisis is rooted in a crisis in access to justice because without access to justice, housing is not properly recognized, understood or addressed as a human right.”

On April 23, join us for a webinar led by Ms. Farha and a group of grassroots activists to discuss findings from the report, how it can be used as a tool to advocate for policy change, and why “access to justice for the right to housing is inseparable from the right itself.”

During this webinar, we will discuss the main conclusions of the report and how it can help as a tool to advocate for policy changes and improved access to justice. A group of grassroots organizations from the global south will provide feedback on the report, reflecting on experiences from their own contexts in promoting access to justice for informal settlement and disadvantaged urban communities.

Grassroots groups, including Justice & Empowerment Initiatives (Nigeria), Katiba Institute (Kenya), and Civil Association for Equality and Justice (Argentina) have been at the forefront of pressing for housing justice. This webinar, organized together with International Development Research Centre, Canada, will provide space for these frontline practitioners to reflect on their experiences and catalogue the challenges and successes they’ve faced. 

Participants will explore strategies for promoting the right to housing and a broader set of social and economic rights in informal settlements — including how to foster and strengthen the voice of residents in housing rights advocacy, how to navigate collaborations and confrontations with local governments, and innovative legal empowerment approaches to unlocking the poverty penalty that batters already vulnerable groups. 

Job: Africa Communications and Media Manager, MercyCorps

Closing date: 07 Mar 2019

About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future. [More info below.]

Program / Department Summary

The Media Relations team is a small but dynamic group of professionals dedicated to getting the word out about Mercy Corps’ outstanding work to help people around the world survive through crisis, build better lives and transform their communities for good. The team strives to raise Mercy Corps’ public profile by working with international press and supports the agency’s fundraising and advocacy efforts.

General Position Summary

The Communication and Media Manager supports the global Media Relations team and Africa regional leadership team in articulating programmatic impact in our communities to advance profile-raising, advocacy and fundraising goals. S/he will actively enhance and grow Mercy Corps media network in Africa and elevate our reputation as a reference point for an informed and meaningful voice on key issues in the region. S/he will work on improving internal communications within the region to further accent achievements of the greater team. The Communication and Media Manager reports to the Communications Director and works in close partnership with the Regional Team and Country Directors.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Strategy & Vision

  • In coordination with the Regional Team and the Global Media Relations team, develop and implement Africa communications and media engagement in line with the global Mercy Corps communications strategy.
  • Contribute to the analysis of topics and events relevant to Mercy Corps’ work in Africa.
  • Serve as the primary point person for all queries related to the Mercy Corps brand in the Africa and work in close collaboration with the Global Brand team to ensure brand efforts are in line with the wider global brand strategy.

Media and Communications Management

  • Serve as a point person for media queries for Mercy Corps Africa in coordination with the assigned Global Media Leads on various issues and serve as a spokesperson when required.
  • Identify media trends that could constitute an opportunity or a threat for Mercy Corps.
  • Develop and implement media outreach plans; coordinate with fundraisers, brand marketing and web content experts to align storytelling and maximize value of outreach.
  • Deploy to countries across the continent when needed to research stories, conduct media outreach, and gather stories, photo and video content.
  • Attend internal and external communication and media meetings and events.
  • Strengthen and expand Mercy Corps’ network of Africa contacts in traditional and social media domains, in coordination with global efforts.
  • Initiate and/or support the production of communication and media materials for Africa, including talking points, news releases, contributed pieces and fact sheets.
  • Actively work with Country Directors and teams on content gathering based on data analysis and learning generated from programs.
  • Support Country Directors and teams in content review for public outreach material.
  • Support the global team in content and information gathering for multiple purposes, including media engagement, advocacy and fundraising.
  • Serve as an active member of any regional crisis and response planning and action.
  • Assist global communications team with other duties (backfill) as needed.

Team Management

  • Assist country-level communications members with information, tools and resources to improve performance & reach objectives.
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Call to Francophone African researchers & writers with women’s rights / feminist perspective, WoMin

WoMin, launched in October 2013, is an African women and extractives alliance, which works alongside movements, popular organisations and NGOs to evidence the impacts of extractives (mining, oil and gas extraction and related large scale infrastructure) on women; build women’s movements to challenge destructive extractivism; and propose development alternatives that respond to the needs of the majority of African women. WoMin has galvanized a powerful alliance bridging 11 countries across Africa. Four of these are Francophone: Madagascar, the DRC, Burkina Faso, and Senegal.

We are looking to expand our work in Francophone West Africa in the next eighteen months. WoMin undertakes research in partnership with allies in country. Our research addresses a range of themes – the right to give or withhold consent for large scale development projects; extractivism militarization and violence against women; and energy and climate change.

With this email we issue a wide call to Francophone African researchers and writers, who carry a women’s rights or feminist perspective, to express your interest in working with WoMin and its allies. We regularly contract for research at the national, sub-regional and regional level and are in great need of researchers who share our interests and our analysis. We realise that our areas of focus are quite unusual for women’s rights/feminist activists and so we are open to receiving EOIs from researchers who work in related areas or have a specific interest in building knowledge in our field.

Applicants would need to be fluent in both French and English.

Please note that WoMin does not work to advance women’s employment or interests in large scale mining. We work with women impacted by large mines who suffer land grabs, air and water pollution, destroyed livelihoods and increased violence. We are starting to explore the question of artisanal mining in which women are significantly represented.

Please share your CV and a brief indication of why you would like to undertake research for the WoMin alliance. Your emails should be directed to Georgine Kengne, copied to Samantha Hargreaves

Our deadline is close of day Monday 4 February 2019.

French and English links:

Remote job: part-time communications, The Engine Room

Global team looking for part-time communications support

  • Role: Part-time Remote Communications Assistant
  • Start date: Immediately
  • Deadline: 28 Jan
  • Size of contract: 2 – 3 days per week

About Us

The Engine Room is a nonprofit organisation with staff around the world who support civil society in their strategic use of data and technology.

We are looking for a self-motivated contractor to provide part-time support (approx 16-24 hrs/week) to our communications team.

The Engine Room is a global team and we actively seek diverse perspectives, experiences and voices in all areas of our team and in our work. Our organisation prioritizes empathy, respect, humility, flexibility, fun and a healthy work-life balance. We highly encourage individuals from all areas of the world, backgrounds, experiences and identities to apply. We are entirely remote which means we don’t have a physical office anywhere and all our staff and contractors work remotely, including this consultancy.

About You

You thrive in working on diverse projects (in our case they’re focused on transparency and accountability, to human rights, to environmental justice). You are flexible, curious, and interested in tech, data or social justice. You have strong writing skills, and at least some communications experience. This could take the form of supporting an organisation with their social media outreach, research or academic work, working with student (or other similar) newspapers, ghostwriting or blog publishing, developing visual collateral for companies, and more.

Specifically, you:

  • Understand complex concepts and are able to make them simple/accessible
  • Are detail-oriented and able to prioritise which details need the most attention
  • Are capable of self-motivating, creating first drafts with information at-hand and iterating multiple times to hit the right tone
  • Are a quick, eager learner who isn’t afraid to tackle something new
  • Are excited to bring creative problem solving skills and experiment with different approaches
  • Have a keen eye for what voice/tone a piece of writing (from tweets to emails to reports) should have, with good interpersonal communication skills
  • Are able to work at least half of your weekly hours overlapping with 11am-3pm EST
  • Have experience in human rights, technology, international development or related fields (this isn’t a must)

About the Role

The Communications Assistant takes direction from The Engine Room’s Communications Manager to execute tasks that support our communications efforts, ensuring they are are effective, responsible and timely. Overall, this means supporting our ongoing communications (e.g. Twitter, newsletters and website) and providing ad hoc project support (e.g. in the form of editing and designing). 


  • Guided by existing processes, identify content that is useful to our Twitter followers and draft tweets that keep our presence up-to-date and relevant
  • Post completed blog posts on our website (over time, this could expand to include editing responsibilities as well)
  • Draft external and internal newsletters on a monthly basis
  • Execute outreach activities around launches of research, projects and recruitment announcements
  • Implement basic updates on our website (e.g. changes that would require proficiency in WordPress or basic HTML/CSS)
  • Produce presentation and workshop materials from reports or other long/complex content
  • Review and collect visitor analytics on our website(s) and present weekly reports to Communications Manager

Skills this role requires:

  • Excellent English language writing skills (by this we mean you can make complex concepts accessible, keep your reader engaged and interested, modulate the voice you’re using as needed and have opinions about commas)
  • Experience developing social media content (especially on Twitter)
  • At least basic understanding of WordPress, HTML, CSS (you should be comfortable posting and editing blog posts and basic website content)
  • Copy editing skills
  • Knowledge of Mailchimp or similar platform
  • Communication design skills (you should be able to create nice-looking layouts for reports, graphics for Twitter and/or effective and eye-pleasing presentations)

Other skills that would be nice but aren’t required:

  • Additional design skills (graphic design, illustration, web design, etc)
  • Proficiency using Adobe suite products, or similar
  • Experience effectively and responsibly using website analytics to track impact
  • Additional language proficiencies (especially Spanish)


  • Part-time Communications Assistant
  • Independent contractor contract, 1 year with possibility of renewal
  • Approximately 40-60% (16-24 hours per week)
  • Compensation approximately 175 – 200 USD per day depending on skills and experience
  • Immediate start date
  • Fast, reliable internet is essential


Please include a one-page cover letter that covers:

  1. What is most appealing to you about this role, please be specific
  2. What motivates you
  3. What work experience of yours is most relevant to this role.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Job: Deputy Editor, African Arguments

Vacancy: Deputy Editor

  • Start date: April/May
  • Location: A hub in Africa, or London
  • Contract: 4 days/week; fixed-term contract (two years)
  • Salary: $28-32,000/year (pro rata) based on experience
  • Deadline: 10 February 2019 (11:59pm)

African Arguments seeks a driven, passionate and experienced journalist and editor to expand and deepen its coverage. The Deputy Editor will work with the Editor to commission writers, edit articles, and support fundraising activities. They will be part of a two-person team and have a wide remit to help drive the focus and themes of the magazine.

African Arguments is a pan-African platform for news, investigation and opinion. We seek to analyse issues facing the continent, investigate the stories that matter, and amplify a diversity of voices. While big news organisations break the news, African Arguments breaks down the news. We do this through our extensive network of predominantly African journalists, researchers and commentators…

We examine the major events making the headlines – adding much-needed nuance, complexity and context – while at the same time shining a light on under-covered issues some would rather were kept in the dark. We cover topics related to politics, economics, gender, the environment, culture, social affairs and much more.

African Arguments is a programme of the Royal African Society, a London-based membership organisation that provides opportunities for people to connect, celebrate and engage critically with a wide range of topics and ideas about Africa today.

Job Description

  • Work with the editor to determine the magazine’s weekly, monthly and annual focus and themes.
  • Expand African Arguments’ pool of contributors and experts.
  • Commission contributors to write analysis, features, interviews etc, working with them closely to develop ideas and angles.
  • Meticulously fact-check and edit articles, ensuring they meet African Arguments’ high editorial standards and principles.
  • Upload content along with appropriate artwork, including photographs, graphics, charts etc.
  • Write occasional articles and editorial content.
  • Contribute to African Arguments’ social media output.
  • Keep up to date with news events happening across the continent, while deepening longer-term areas of expertise and interest.
  • Support African Arguments’ fundraising goals by identifying suitable trusts and foundations, helping write grant applications, and exploring other ideas for ensuring the magazine’s long-term sustainability.

Person Specification


  • At least three years of experience in an editing role in journalism, ideally with a regional or continental focus.
  • Strong editing skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent writing ability and fluency
  • Demonstrable knowledge and interest in African current affairs
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organisational and project management skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a small team
  • IT competence and previous experience of online publishing programme
  • Good knowledge of using social media platforms
  • Ability to work remotely if required
  • Commitment to the values and ethos of African Arguments


  • Proficiency in French
  • Experience setting and managing budgets
  • Experience of fundraising and writing grant proposals

How to apply

To apply, please send your CV with a covering letter outlining why you think you are suitable for this position to James Wan at

The covering letter should not be more than 1,000 words long and should demonstrate your suitability for the job using examples of relevant skills and experience. Among other things, the cover letter is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your clear, succinct and persuasive writing abilities.

The closing date for applications is 11:59pm on Sunday, 10 February 2019. If shortlisted, you will be notified by Thursday 14 February.

NB. Due to the large number of applications we expect to receive, we will not be able to give feedback to unsuccessful candidates.

Jobs: Tech Manager, Research Lead & Manager, The Engine Room

The Engine Room is looking for 3 exciting positions to join our core team: a Senior Tech Manager, a Senior Research Lead, and a Research Manager.

All of the positions will be part of our core team. Our team is distributed, meaning the Internet is our office. We need you to have a solid internet connection and, as we may ask you to travel, to be near enough to an airport that you can comfortably hop on a plane.

We put a lot of effort into creating a healthy, remote organisation, and we believe that caring about our team’s wellbeing is a political act. Our team members are curious, humble and supportive of each other. We are critical optimists about the role technology and data can have in the push for social justice.

The Engine Room is a global team and we consider diversity to be a competency. We actively seek diverse perspectives, experiences and voices in all areas of our team and in our work. Our organisation prioritises empathy, respect, humility, flexibility, fun and a healthy work-life balance.

We highly encourage individuals from all areas of the world, backgrounds, experiences and identities to apply. We are entirely remote which means we don’t have a physical office anywhere, and all our staff and contractors work remotely.


We have two open roles to start immediately, which you can read about in more detail on our jobs page.

The deadline to apply for these two positions is December 2nd, and we would like these positions to start on January 1, 2019 or as close to that date as possible.

  • The Senior Tech Manager will manage our Transmission team, overseeing our internal and external-facing technical work; ensuring our approach to technology is synced up across the organisation; fundraising, and working with the senior management team to grow our work.
  • The Research Manager will work closely with the Director of Research and Engagement, managing fee-for-service projects, and producing stellar research outputs. They’ll design, implement and manage research projects, often working with consultants, and supporting organisations and sectors to answer hard questions about tech and data.

We are also looking for a Senior Research Lead. The deadline for applying for this is December 7th, and we hope for the position to start in February 2019.

  • The Senior Research Lead will lead on the vision for our research strategy, supported by the senior management team; provide guidance and input on research methods used across the organisation, and ensure cohesion and quality of the research carried out at The Engine Room. They’ll manage larger projects, and give input into fundraising.